Whiz past the sights and explore a new destination on two wheels with a cycling tour, offering travelers an outdoor escape and new adventurous way to sightsee and take in breathtaking scenery. Travel companies around the globe offer guided tours designed for all levels of biking skill, from the Tour de France wannabe to the easy rider.
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations offers small-group bicycling tours in cities in the United States, Europe, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Peru, Vietnam, South Africa and China. Through Oct. 15, travelers can save $200 on the company’s new itineraries for 2015, including 12-day Cycling South Africa: Cape Town & the Garden Route, with stops to share a home-cooked dinner with locals and a visit to an ostrich farm; 10-day La Bella Toscana: Lucca, Montecatini and Pisa, with cycling along a picturesque route to Lake Massaciuccoli and stops for local food; and six-day Colonial Virginia: Riding the Road to Independence, exploring American history with stops to check out historic sites and enjoy award-winning wines and southern Chesapeake cuisine. Use of a customized bicycle and helmet are provided as well as all accommodations, most meals, guided sightseeing and unique cultural activities.
Pure Adventures offers trips for avid cyclists who want a relaxing yet challenging outdoor escape. The company recently launched new cycling tours in the Western United States with its newest travel concept, Supported Self Directed, a style of travel that blends guided and self-guided tours. SSD trips are offered this fall across California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah and allow riders to enjoy cycling routes at their own pace and freedom, with support such as detailed route notes, daily briefing, top-quality bicycles, luggage and gear transfers, lodging, access to a daily bike mechanic and checkpoints every 30–45 minutes with water and snacks.
Adventure Travel Group offers guided bicycle tours in France, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Chile, Argentina, Colorado and Canada designed for cyclists who enjoy challenging routes. Designed for groups of 16 or less guests, the tours include overnight accommodations in smaller inns and hotels that reflect the uniqueness of each region and four-course meals with wine.
For cyclists who prefer luxury travel, Trek Travel creates cycling experiences of a lifetime in picturesque locations around the world. In addition to overnight accommodations in the best hotels in each region and most meals, each trip also includes extras such as cultural events, discounts on bike purchases, special Trek jerseys or arm warmers and socks, a dedicated travel coordinator and exclusive events.
Not being able to bring a pet along for a trip can be a dealbreaker from some dog lovers when making plans. Luckily, the folks at Pup Flask created an easy-to-use portable dog bowl that will travel anywhere you and your pup go so hydration is never a problem.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Lantern festivals are sweeping the nation. Lanterns originated in China, but made their way across the world. Lantern lights are mesmerizing when they light up the night sky. I always think of the scene in the Disney movie Tangled, where the whole town sends lanterns up to the sky in honor of the missing princess and the entire sky is covered with lanterns. Travel around the world to see the best lantern festivals.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Spend the holidays at National Harbor, a growing destination conveniently located just south of Washington, D.C. National Harbor offers something for everyone this season, whether you’re traveling with the family in tow, seeking a romantic pre-holiday getaway or want to host a friends’ weekend for the season.